Amad decision could define Manchester United transfer plans

 

Amad decision could define Manchester United transfer plans


Man United is gearing up for a busy summer transfer window, but they must first make some important decisions about those who are already at the club.



What about Harry Kane? Sancho, Jadon? Ronaldo, Cristiano?


The summer transfer window hasn't even opened yet, but the rumor mill is already churning as agents and clubs try to capitalize on Manchester United's reputation and secure a summer move for their stars.


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    It's no secret that in today's transfer market, United's name is often mentioned by agents or club officials in an attempt to pique interest and trigger a bidding war among other interested parties.

    Gabriel Magalhaes was heavily linked with a transfer to United last summer as Arsenal stalled on a deal, despite no involvement from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, 

    while Serbian winger Filip Stevanovic allegedly negotiated a move to Old Trafford late last October - club officials say no talks took place.



    After a year, United will once again be the talk of the town, as Solskjaer looks to invest in a squad that will need to launch a serious Premier League title challenge next season if they are to stick to their three-year plan.


    Amad decision could define Manchester United transfer plans


    United's position on players like Kane, Sancho, and Ronaldo this summer is the same as it has always been: the biggest club in English football must consider recruiting any established world-class talent, even though their current focus is finding raw unproven gems.

    This summer, Amad, a raw talent, could very well dictate Solskjaer's transfer strategy.



    Amad, 18, has made one start and six substitute appearances since joining Manchester United in January for a fee of £37 million.

    The most recent of these came with a seven-minute cameo against Fulham on Tuesday night, during which he easily managed an exceptional pass from David de Gea before driving at the opposition defense.

    Amad's solitary goal against AC Milan in the Europa League was a moment of fine spontaneous creativity, but the majority of his highlights from his first five months in England have been those raw flickers of enthusiasm.



    The Ivorian is a player for the future, but in order to maximize his ability, he must be supported by the club - and, in particular, by Solskjaer's own transfer plans.

    Currently, he is battling Mason Greenwood for playing time on the right-wing, a pair of young prodigies who supporters hope will grace the Old Trafford stage for the rest of the decade.

    Their own development and playing time, however, are jeopardized if United continues to improve at right-wing this summer, especially if a world-class player like Sancho arrives.



    While introducing someone like Sancho, who is only 21 years old, will bring an immediate boost to the United starting lineup, there must also be considerations about what his arrival means for the long-term growth of both Amad and Greenwood.


    Amad decision could define Manchester United transfer plans


    After his first pre-season with the club, the former Atalanta man could have a breakout season next season, but by adding another right-wing opponent, let alone a young one, his growth may be hampered.

    Alternatively, if United chooses to concentrate on Greenwood as an understudy to Edinson Cavani in a central position, it would make more sense to bring in a new right-winger with Amad as a backup rather than a third-choice.



    Whatever role Solskjaer chooses to strengthen this summer, no decision should be made hastily or without serious consideration for the talented youngsters already at the club.

    Although United's forward line may be lacking in world-class talent in their prime, that doesn't mean there aren't any waiting in the wings.

    The emphasis is now on ensuring that those raw gems transform into diamonds as soon as possible.


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